The Reawakening Lea Village Festival takes place this coming Saturday, 25 May, from 2pm to 5pm. Come and join performers, dancers, artists and residents to celebrate the story of Lea Village!
It will be a fantastic day bursting at the seams with arts activities, fun filled happenings, and exciting performances for all ages. This traditional festival with a modern twist will include face painting, pottery and finger puppet workshops, Punch and Judy shows, Morris dancing, Lea Village’s Got Talent and much more.
The Festival will also feature the premiere of The Lost Village - a community film written by and starring local residents.
The Village Cafe is joining in the fun by providing a barbeque and bouncy castle and The Pump Cafe on Kitts Green Road will also be open for coffee and cake. If you fancy learning more about the rich history of the area, why not book yourself onto the first ever Lost Village Tour as part of the Birmingham Architecture Festival?
With activities happening within a one minute walk from Lea Hall train station, (just 6 minutes on the train from Birmingham New St) or 35 minutes on the No.14 bus from Birmingham, why wouldn’t you come and experience the now re-awakened Lea Village?
The next meeting of the Ward Committee will be held next Monday, 11 February at The Pump, Kitts Green Road, starting at 7pm.
Items on the agenda include updates from the local police and Environmental Health Officer. There will also be presentations from local youth support organisation Fitcap and the Reawakening Lea Village team.
All residents are very welcome. Hope to see you there!
I’ve just received notice that part of Kitts Green Road is set to be resurfaced, in the next phase of upgrades and repairs to our local roads network.
Work on resurfacing the stretch of road that runs from Lea Village roundabout to The Meadway is expected to start during the week ending 1 March 2013 and will take up to ten nights to complete. The team have to work on this road at night because it would cause congestion or access problems if it were to be closed during the day. They will endeavour to keep noise to a minimum but inevitably the work will cause some disruption.
Whilst surfacing operations are being carried out the section of road affected will be entirely closed to ALL traffic. If you require access for medical/personal reasons, please contact 0121 303 6644 (option 2), to discuss how access can be arranged. Pedestrian access will be maintained as well as access for emergency vehicles.
The team also need to ensure that vehicles are not parked on the road during these hours. Any cars left on the road will be removed by the City Council Parking Enforcement Team, which could include a cost to the owner. They will help you with access where possible if you contact them prior to the works starting, by calling 0121 303 6644 (option 2).
If you live in the Lea Village or Kitts Green areas of the ward, you might like to know about the tremendous range of community activities taking place at St. Richard’s Church, on Hallmoor Road.
Take a look at their weekly programme by clicking here.
The team behind the Reawakening Lea Village project have put together an excellent short film about their work to date and their future plans.
You can take a look by clicking here!
The Re-awakening Lea Village project continues to go from strength to strength, with residents working alongside community filmakers Reel Access and QSR2 Solutions on this exciting local history initiative, which is supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund.
One of the project’s aims is to create a community film based on the stories of life in Lea Village past and present. To help create the script, the project team are holding free workshops every Tuesday from 5pm at The Pump on Kitts Green Road. So, if you fancy putting pen to paper, or have stories and ideas to share, please come along.
Re-awakening Lea Village will also enable residents to create a community archive, documenting life in the neighbourhood over the years. If you are interested in helping with the creation of the archive, please contact Reel Access on 0121 675 8391 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The launch of the Re-awakening Lea Village project, which has won backing from the Heritage Lottery Fund, will take place on Friday 24 August between 2pm and 5pm. Please click on the flyer above for full details.
Reawakening Lea Village is a genuinely home-grown project. It is being developed and led by local people, who want to ensure that the 800 year old story of their neighbourhood is celebrated and protected for future generations to share and enjoy.
There is a wealth of local stories to explore, from the Village’s early days as a wayside stop for weary medieval travellers, through the railway age to the development of the present day suburb. It’s a chance to learn more about our community, but also look to the future of the neighbourhood too.
So, if you’ve got a story to share, or you’re just keen to discover more, please come along and find out how you can get involved. For more information, visit www.leavillage.co.uk.
I’m delighted to confirm that a locally based project to celebrate the history of Lea Village has won funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund.
Re-awakening Lea Village will bring together village residents old and new in a series of activities that will chronicle the long history of the area and also look to the future of this thriving neighbourhood. I’ve been working with the steering group, which is made up of residents, creative film makers Reel Access and other local agencies, to help shape the project. I can tell you that it promises to be a really exciting venture.
The project will be officially launched with an event on Friday 10 August between 2pm and 5pm. The team will be announcing more details shortly, but in the meantime, please take a trip to the Lea Village website to find out more about the area’s 700 year history. You can also keep up to date with the latest news by following the Lea Village page on Facebook here.
I was really pleased to meet up with the pensioners’ club at Glebe Farm Library earlier this month for a discussion about local issues.
Glebe Farm Library is just over the border from Shard End Ward (literally a matter of yards over) and is well used by residents of the Glebe, Kitts Green and Lea Village. The Library hosts a wide range of activities for all ages. You can find out more about what’s on offer by clicking here.
The CCTV cameras covering Lea Village, Kitts Green and the Glebe need an urgent upgrade – but it’s down to the votes of local people to help us win the funds to get the work done!
Birmingham East Local Policing Unit is currently holding a public vote to determine where to spend money recovered through the Proceeds of Crime Act. The Act was passed in 2002 by the then Labour Government and allows police officers to recover money and other assets gained by offenders through their crimes. The money can then be spent on community improvements.
Three projects from the Hodge Hill Constituency, including the Lea Village cameras, have submitted a bid for these funds and its now down to a public vote to decide who wins! Please spare a moment to cast your vote by visiting the police website here. Every vote will count, so make sure you tell your friends, family and neighbours to have their say too!